2012 Vauxhall Astra unveiled
* Face-lifted Vauxhall Astra range * Updated styling; more high-tech options * Prices unchanged; deliveries from September...
This is the 2012 Vauxhall Astra, which has updated styling and is available with more high-tech kit and a new diesel engine.
Astra hatchback and Sports Tourer models have a new look, with a restyled front bumper and grille. There are also new front indicators and foglights. At the rear, there's a new bootlid panel and an additional chrome moulding.
The Astra GTC's styling is unchanged, but it gains the option of a new Biturbo model, which has a twin-turbo diesel engine. The 2.0-litre unit develops 192bhp and 295lb ft of torque, giving a 0-60mph time of 7.8 seconds and a top speed of 139mph. Average fuel economy is 53.3mpg, with CO2 emissions of 139g/km.
There's a 995 premium for the Biturbo over the 2.0 CDTi 163bhp model. As well as the boost in power it gains bespoke 18-inch alloys, climate control, lowered suspension, a new bodykit and upgraded interior trim.
2012 Astra Sports Tourer has updated front and rear styling
A range of options has been added to the Astra range. The new Driver Assistance Pack costs 750 and includes forward-collision-alert, following-distance-indictor and lane-departure-warning and traffic-sign-recognition systems.
There's also a new rear-view camera, winter pack and LED daytime running light options, plus three new exterior colours: Sculpture Bronze, Phantom Grey and Deep Sky. The Astra's standard DAB radio system has been upgraded, too.
Prices for the 2012 Vauxhall Astra are unchanged. The updated models are available to order now, with first deliveries expected in September.